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Cornelius sendeth for Peter.

THE ACTS.

Peter's heavenly vision. lius, a centurion of the band and a certain vessel descend. called the Italian band,

ing unto him, as it had been a 2 A devout man, and one that great sheet knit at the four corfeared God with all his house, ners, and let down to the earth : : which gave much alms to the 12 Wherein were all manner people, and prayed to God al- of four-footed beasts of the earth, ways.

and wild beasts, and creeping 3 He saw in a vision evident- things, and fowls of the air. ly, about the ninth hour of the 13°And there came a voice to day, an angel of God coming in him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. to him, and saying unto him, 14 But Peter said, Not so, Cornelius.

Lord; for I have never eaten 4 And when he looked on him, any thing that is common or he was afraid, and said, What unclean. . is it. Lord ? And he said unto 15 And the voice spake unto him, Thy prayers and thine him again the second time, alms are come up for a memo- What God hath cleansed, that rial before God.

call not thou common. 5 And now send men to Jop- 16 This was done thrice : and pa, and call for one Simon, whose the vessel was received up again surname is Peter :

into heaven. 6 He lodgeth with one Simon 17 Now while Peter doubta tanner, whose house is by the ed in himself what this vision sea-side: he shall tell thee what which he had seen should mean, thou oughtest to do.

behold, the men which were sent 7 And when the angel which from Cornelius had made inspake unto Cornelius was de- quiry for Simon's house, and parted, he called two of his stood before the gate, household servants, and a devout 18 And called, and asked soldier of them that waited on whether Simon, which was surhim continually ;

named Peter, were lodged there. 8 And when he had declared 19 While Peter thought on all these things unto them, he the vision, the Spirit said unto sent them to Joppa.

him, Behold,three men seek thee. 9 On the morrow, as they 20 Arise therefore, and get went on their journey, and drew thee down, and go with them, nigh unto the city, Peter went doubting nothing: for I have up upon the house-top to pray, sent them. about the sixth hour:

21 Then Peter went down to 10 And he became very hun- the men which were sent ungry, and would have eaten: but to him from Cornelius; and while they made ready, he fell said, Behold, I am he whom ye into a trance,

seek : what is the cause where11 And saw heaven opened, I fore ye are come?

Peter goeth to Cornelius,

CHAP. X. and preacheth Christ to hin 22 And they said, Cornelius prayed in my house, and behold, the centurion, a just man, and a man stood before me in bright one that feareth God, and of clothing, good report among all the na- 31 And said, Cornelius, thy tion of the Jews, was warned prayer is heard, and thine alms from God by an holy angel to are had in remembrance in the send for thee into his house, and sight of God. to hear words of thee.

32 Send therefore to Joppa, 23 Then called he them in, and call hither Simon, whose and lodged them. And on the surname is Peter; he is lodged morrow Peter went away with in the house of one Simon a them, and certain brethren from tanner, by the sea-side: who, Joppa accompanied him

when he cometh, shall speak 24 And the morrow after they unto thee. entered into Cesarea. And Cor- 33 Immediately therefore I nelius waited for them, and had sent to thee; and thou hast well called together his kinsmen and done that thou art come. Now near friends.

therefore are we all here present 25 And as Peter was coming before God, to hear all things in, Cornelius met him, and fell that are commanded thee of down at his feet, and worshipped God. himn.

34 | Then Peter opened his 26 But Peter took him up, mouth, and said, Of a truth I saying, Stand up: I myself also perceive that God is no respect

er of persons: 27 And as he talked with him, 35 But in every nation, he he went in, and found many that that feareth him and worketh were come together.

righteousness, is accepted with 28 And he said unto them, him. Ye know how that it is an un- | 36 The word which God sent lawful thing for a man that is a unto the children of Israel, Jew to keep company, or come preaching peace by Jesus Christ: unto one of another nation; but she is Lord of all:) God hath shewed me that I 37 That word, I say, ye know, should not call any man com- which was published throughmon or unclean.

out all Judea, and began from 29 Therefore came I unto you Galilee, after the baptism which without gainsaying, as soon as John preached; I was sent for: I ask therefore 38 How God anointed Jesus for what intent ye have sent for of Nazareth with the Holy me?

Ghost and with power: who went 30 And Cornelius said, Four about doing good, and healing days ago I was fasting until this all that were oppressed of the hour; and at the ninth hour Il devil; for God was with him.

ami a man.

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41 Not to all the people, but AND the apostles and breth

Peter preacheth to Cornelius, fc. THE ACTS.

Peter defendeth his 39 And we are witnesses of

CHAP. XI. all things which he did, both in 1 Peter, being accused for going in to the the land of the Jews, and in Je

Gentiles, 5 maketh his defence, 18 which is

accepted. 19 The gospel being spread into rusalem; whom they slew and Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, Barna

bas is sent to confirm them. 26 The dishanged on a tree:

ciples there are first called Christians. 40 Him God raised up the They send relief to the brethren in Judea in

time of famine. third day, and shewed him openly;

ren that were in Judea, unto witnesses chosen before of heard that the Gentiles had also God, even to us, who did eat and received the word of God. drink with him after he rose 2 And when Peter was come from the dead.

up to Jerusalem, they that were 42 And he commanded us to of the circumcision contended preach unto the people, and to with him, testify that it is he which was 3 Saying, Thou wentest in to ordained of God to be the Judge men uncircumcised, and didst of quick and dead.

eat with them. 43 To him give all the proph- 4. But Peter rehearsed the ets witness, that through his matter from the beginning, and name whosoever believeth in expounded it by order unto him shall receive remission of them, saying, sins.

5 I was in the city of Joppa 44 | While Peter yet spake praying: and in a trance I saw these words, the Holy Ghost a vision, A certain vessel defell on all them which heard the scend, as it had been a great word.

sheet, let down from heaven by 45 And they of the circum- four corners; and it came even cision which believed, were astonished, as many as came with 6 Upon the which when I had Peter, because that on the Gen- fastened mine eyes, I considered, tiles also was poured out the gift and saw four-footed beasts of of the Holy Ghost.

the earth, and wild beasts, and 46 For they heard them speak creeping things, and fowls of with tongues, and magnify God. the air. Then answered Peter,

7 And I heard a voice saying 47 Can any man forbid water, unto me, Arise, Peter; slay, that these should not be bap- and eat. tized, which have received the 8 But I said, Not so, Lord: Holy Ghost as well as we? for nothing common or unclean

48 And he commanded them hath at any time entered into my to be baptized in the name of mouth. the Lord. Then prayed they 9 But the voice answered me him to tarry certain days. again from heaven, What God

to me:

preaching to the Gentiles.

CHAP, XI. The gospel preached at Antioch. hath cleansed, that call not thou | phen, travelled as far as Phecommon.

nice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, 10 And this was done three preaching the word to none but times : and all were drawn up unto the Jews only. again into heaven.

20 And some of them were 11 And behold, immediately men of Cyprus and Cyrene, there were three men already which when they were come to come unto the house where I Antioch, spake unto the Grewas, sent from Cesarea unto me. cians, preaching the Lord Jesus.

12 And the Spirit bade me go 21 And the hand of the Lord with them, nothing doubting. was with them: and a great Moreover, these six brethren ac- number believed, and turned companied me, and we entered unto the Lord. into the man's house :

22 | Then tidings of these 13 And he shewed us how he things came unto the ears of had seen an angel in his house, the church which was in Jewhich stood and said unto him, rusalem : and they sent forth Send men to Joppa, and call for Barnabas, that he should go as Simon, whose surname is Peter; far as Antioch.

14 Who shall tell thee words, 23 Who, when he came, and whereby thou and all thy house had seen the grace of God, was shall be saved.

glad, and exhorted them all, 15 And as I began to speak, that with purpose of heart they the Holy Ghost fell on them, would cleave unto the Lord. as on us at the beginning. 24 For he was a good man,

16 Then remembered I the and full of the Holy Ghost, and word of the Lord, how that he of faith : and much people was said, John indeed baptized with added unto the Lord. water ; but ye shall be baptized 25 Then departed Barnabas with the Holy Ghost.

to Tarsus, for to seek Saul : 17 Forasmuch then as God 26 And when he had found gave them the like gift as he him, he brought him unto Andid unto us, who believed on tioch. And it came to pass, the Lord Jesus Christ, what that a whole year they assemwas I, that I could withstand bled themselves with the church, God?

and taught much people. And 18 When they heard these the disciples were called Christhings, they held their peace, tians first in Antioch. and glorified God, saying, Then 27 | And in these days came hath God also to the Gentiles prophets from Jerusalem unto granted repentance unto life. Antioch

19 | Now they which were 28 And there stood up one scattered abroad upon the per- of them named Agabus, and secution that arose about Ste- I signified by the Spirit, that there

CHAP. XII.

whom

Herod persecuteth the Christians. THE ACTS. Peter's miraculous deliverance should be great dearth through- ers before the door kept the out all the world: which came prison. to pass in the days of Claudius 7 And behold, the angel of Cesar.

the Lord came upon him, and 29 Then the disciples, every a light shined in the prison; and man according to his ability, he smote Peter on the side, and determined to send relief unto raised him up, saying, Arise up the brethren which dwelt in quickly. And his chains fell off Judea.

from his hands. 30 Which also they did, and 8 And the angel said unto sent it to the elders by the him, Gird thyself, and bind on hands of Barnabas and Saul. thy sandals : and so he did.

And he saith unto him, Cast 1 King Herod persecuteth the Christians, kil- thy garment about thee, and leth James, and imprisoneth Peter ; follow me. an angel dclivereth upon the prayers of the Church. 20 In his pride taking to himself 9 And he went out, and folthe honour due to God, he is stricken by an angel, and dieth miserably. 24 After his

lowed him, and wist not that death, the word of God prospereth.

it was true which was done by NOW TOW about that time, Her- the angel; but thought he saw

od the king, stretched forth a vision. his hands to vex certain of the 10 When they were past the church.

first and the second ward, they 2 And he killed James the came unto the iron gate that brother of John with the sword. leadeth unto the city ; which

3 And because he saw it opened to them of his own acpleased the Jews, he proceed-cord : and they went out, and ed further to take Peter also. passed on through one street ; Then were the days of un- and forthwith the angel departleavened bread.

ed from him. 4 And when he had appre

11 And when Peter was come hended him, he put him in pris- to himself, he said, Now I know on, and delivered him to four of a surety, that the Lord hath quaternions of soldiers to keep sent his angel, and hath de him; intending after Easter to livered me out of the hand of bring him forth to the people. Herod, and from all the ex

5 Peter therefore was kept pectation of the people of the in prison : but prayer was made Jew's. without ceasing of the Church 12 And when he had considunto God for him.

ered the thing, he came to the 6 And when Herod would house of Mary the mother of have brought him forth, the John, whose surname was Mark; same night Peter was sleeping where many were gathered tobetween two soldiers, bound gether, praying. with two chains ; and the keep- 13 And as Peter knocked at

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